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2006 Mercury Mariner

2006 Mercury Mariner

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$446 — $10,310 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
21-24 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Compact, manageable size
  • Maneuverability
  • Transmission operation
  • Fuel economy
  • Interior space

The Bad

  • Instrument readability
  • Ride comfort on rough pavement
  • Driveline noise
  • Side-impact airbags aren't standard

What to Know

about the 2006 Mercury Mariner
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • FWD or 4WD
  • Three trim levels
  • Standard automatic transmission
  • Optional Safety Canopy airbag system
  • New Mariner Hybrid

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2006 Mercury Mariner Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mercury launched a brand-new compact sport utility vehicle for the 2005 model year. Named the Mariner, it’s related to the popular Ford Escape but gets Mercury styling cues. The Mariner is intended to be an “affordable” model that can attract young buyers.

Three Mariner trim levels are available: Convenience, featuring a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine; and Luxury and Premier, which get a 3.0-liter V-6. A Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system and an automatic intelligent four-wheel-drive system are available. Ford claims the four-wheel-drive system provides “neutral steer” characteristics.

A Moon and Tune Package for 2006 models includes a power moonroof, roof rack, satellite radio and in-dash six-CD changer. Luxury models gain a six-way power driver’s seat, and the Comfort Package now includes a perimeter alarm.

Related to Ford’s Escape Hybrid, a new Mariner Hybrid model is available for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: Mariner Hybrid)

Exterior
Designers sought a kinship to the Mercury family with the Mariner. In the stacked-element front layout, a waterfall grille is matched with clear, rectangular projector headlights and integral fog lamps. A U-shaped air intake helps define the front fascia. Color-keyed bodyside cladding panels promise chip and ding protection, and European-style turn-signal repeater lamps are mounted on the fenders.

A keyless-entry keypad goes on the driver’s door. Aluminum wheels hold 1...

Vehicle Overview
Mercury launched a brand-new compact sport utility vehicle for the 2005 model year. Named the Mariner, it’s related to the popular Ford Escape but gets Mercury styling cues. The Mariner is intended to be an “affordable” model that can attract young buyers.

Three Mariner trim levels are available: Convenience, featuring a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine; and Luxury and Premier, which get a 3.0-liter V-6. A Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system and an automatic intelligent four-wheel-drive system are available. Ford claims the four-wheel-drive system provides “neutral steer” characteristics.

A Moon and Tune Package for 2006 models includes a power moonroof, roof rack, satellite radio and in-dash six-CD changer. Luxury models gain a six-way power driver’s seat, and the Comfort Package now includes a perimeter alarm.

Related to Ford’s Escape Hybrid, a new Mariner Hybrid model is available for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: Mariner Hybrid)

Exterior
Designers sought a kinship to the Mercury family with the Mariner. In the stacked-element front layout, a waterfall grille is matched with clear, rectangular projector headlights and integral fog lamps. A U-shaped air intake helps define the front fascia. Color-keyed bodyside cladding panels promise chip and ding protection, and European-style turn-signal repeater lamps are mounted on the fenders.

A keyless-entry keypad goes on the driver’s door. Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires. The Mariner has a fully independent suspension. Built on a 103.2-inch wheelbase like the Ford Escape, the Mariner is 174.9 inches long overall.

Interior
Woodgrain and metal accents highlight the two-tone interior. A floor-mounted gearshift lever with a satin-aluminum knob is installed.

Five occupants fit inside the Mariner. The folding rear seat has a 60/40-split design, with three integrated three-point seat belts. Cargo capacity is 29.3 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 66.3 cubic feet when the cushion is removed.

Premium leather seats in the Premier model have suede inserts and front-seat heating. A Reverse Sensing System is optional.

Under the Hood
In the Convenience model, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine produces 153 horsepower. The 3.0-liter V-6 generates 200 hp and 193 pounds-feet of torque in Luxury and Premier models. Both engines mate with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Automatic intelligent four-wheel drive is available. A properly equipped V-6 Mariner can tow 3,500 pounds.

Safety
Antilock brakes with brake assist are standard. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are optional.

Driving Impressions
Because the Mariner has its own styling touches, its Ford Escape foundation is largely hidden. Less sporty than the Escape, it maneuvers nicely and rides reasonably smoothly most of the time. Harsher pavement can roughen the ride, but control is seldom affected.

The easy-to-drive Mariner doesn’t feel quite as confident as the Escape. Acceleration from a standstill with the V-6 is surprisingly spirited; unless you push carefully on the gas pedal, this SUV might take off faster than you expect. Automatic-transmission shifts are smooth and relaxed. Downshifts are prompt and smooth, but the V-6’s higher-speed acceleration is on the tame side.

The Mariner’s unusual gauges aren’t the easiest to read at a glance. Despite thick rear pillars, visibility is good. Front-seat space is more than ample, and the backseat offers more room than some larger models; even the center rear seat is more than tolerable. For a carlike SUV, the Mariner emits some decidedly trucklike driveline noise during city driving.

Mariner Hybrid
Similar in size and structure to the Ford Escape Hybrid, the new Mariner Hybrid runs on a combination of electric power and its four-cylinder gasoline engine. Mercury claims its fuel economy is an estimated 33 mpg in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway and anticipates that it will “meet the cleanest emissions rating achievable by a fossil-fuel vehicle.”

Initially planned as a 2007 model, the Mariner Hybrid is already available for online presale as a 2006 model. Only a few styling touches, such as an air vent built into the driver’s side rear-quarter window to help maintain the temperature of the battery pack, differentiate the Hybrid from regular Mariners. Unique 16-inch, five-spoke wheels are mounted. Driving a continuously variable transmission, the gasoline engine is rated at 133 hp, and total powertrain output is 155 hp.

For a short period, the Mariner Hybrid can travel up to 25 mph on battery power alone. The gasoline engine automatically shuts off at stoplights, while coasting or in low-speed traffic. A battery indicator shows which way electrical current is flowing: to the battery during regenerative braking, or into the electric motor when it’s needed to assist the gasoline engine. An optional Hybrid Energy display screen tracks energy flow between the powertrain systems. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Great so far!

by Gisèle from Appleton, WI on December 16, 2019

The funny thing is that it has more features than I thought! Too funny, I know. It checks various systems like charging, brakes and lighting as well as "fuel range"; something I need because I always ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great, Reliable Midsize SUV

by Wesley03 from Kansas on December 22, 2018

This was my first car and it was great. It had plenty on cargo space and leg room in the front and back seats for passengers. This car is a great midsize SUV and is not too big or too little and feels... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Mercury Mariner currently has 4 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mariner received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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